The ALSC election process

2015 ALSC Election Information

Information about the 2015 slate and proposed bylaws amendments is now available.  Additionally, the list of candidates appearing on the 2015 ALSC ballot is now available as a PDF download.

Voting in the 2015 ALA election will begin at 9:00 a.m. Central Time (US) on March 24, 2015. Eligible* ALA/ALSC members will be sent their information by email between March 24-27, 2015. Any members whose email result in a bounced message will be sent a letter along with a ballot by mail. The election will close on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. Central. Election results will be announced on Friday, May 8, 2015.

*Individuals eligible to vote must be members in good standing as of January 31, 2015. Anyone who reinstates their membership after January 31, 2015 will be ineligible to vote in the 2015 elections.

The ALA election guide will be available in February 2015.
More details are available on the ALA Election Page.

General Timeline

ALSC's elections occur at the same time as ALA's. More details about the ALA election process are available on the ALA Election Page. Each year, the ALSC membership elects a Vice-President/President-Elect, three Board members, eight Newbery Award Selection Committee members, eight Caldecott Award Selection Committee members, and five Sibert Award Selection Committee members. Every three years, a new-to-ALSC Director, Division Councilor and Fiscal Officer are also elected.

Nominations (including self-nominations) are welcomed and may be sent to the current chair of the Nominating Committee, per the timeline below. Additionally, per ALSC Bylaws Article X: Nominations and Elections, Sec. 4. A candidate may be nominated by a petition signed by twenty-five personal members of ALSC. The nominee shall be a member in good standing of the Association. The petition and the written consent of the nominee shall be filed with the ALSC Executive Director for at least four months before the annual meeting (February), and the names of the candidates so nominated shall be listed on the official ballot. Information about petition candidates, including how to start an e-petition, is found on the ALA election web page.

Fall/Midwinter Meeting

The ALSC Vice President/President-Elect appoints a Nominating Committee. Per the Committee's membership statement in the ALSC Handbook, the Past-President is invited to serve in the year immediately following the Past-Presidential year.


Nominations may be submitted to the Nominating Committee via an online form.


The Nominating Committee drafts a list of potential candidates.

Annual Conference

Nominating Committee meets to draft slate of candidates at Annual Conference. It is possible that oral acceptance may be obtained from some candidates immediately following the conference.


ALSC office verifies membership of potential candidates.

Invitations are sent to potential candidates by the Nominating Committee. Candidates who consent notify the ALSC Office.
If candidates do not consent, Nominating Committee must find replacement candidates who can consent by 9/1.


September 1 is the deadline for office to receive all statements of consent.

Office will informally give slate to ALSC President so fall appointments can begin with these names in mind.

Office will send candidates instructions on completing the online biographical information form. Candidates can begin completing the online biographical forms.


Slate informally presented at ALSC Executive Committee Meeting, and may thereafter be made public.


December 10 is the deadline for candidates to submit information via the online biographical information form. Changes may still be made, if necessary, through the ALSC Office.

Slate appears in the winter issue of Children and Libraries.

Before December 31, the ALSC Office will follow up with any candidates whose memberships expire at year-end to make sure they renew and will therefore be able to vote.


Deadline for petition candidates to provide written consent to appear on the ballot, as well as petition with at least 25 names in support of candidacy, to the ALSC office


Deadline for ALA members to request paper ballots; election opens.


Election closes in late April.


Election results are announced. The office notifies both successful and unsuccessful candidates via phone calls/letters.


Board, Vice President/President-Elect, Fiscal Officer, and Division Councilor terms begin at the close of Annual Conference.


Award committee terms begin at the beginning of the Midwinter Meeting.